(I) Don't smoke
Don't drink
Don't fuck
At least I can fucking think

I can't keep up
Can't keep up
Can't keep up
Out of step with the world


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    General CommentWhen Ian wrote this song, the rest of the band was kinda pissed at him, because they felt he was being far too preachy, and was testifying instead of leading. The rest of the band weren't actually straight-edge, but everybody just assumed they were. They felt that Ian's lyrics were just outlining new rules for all his fans, lots of whom would follow whatever Ian said, and they didn't like it. Ian was actually just outlining his own philosophies, but since he IS kinda preachy (not always a bad thing) that's just how it came out. There was a big fight, and he ended up adding in the "(I)" at the beginning as a compromise, so the song wouldn't sound so much like it was telling people how to live their lives.
    shadowwiththeeyeson June 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnimals also brutally kill and eat each other. Raw. You gonna start doing that too? You probably think pot is great too cause its "natural".
    JoshMahurinon September 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about how the real people have it so hard because they arent like everyone else
    soundwaveon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMinor Threat really kicked off the straight edge culture with this song. It's the whole philosophy that the youth should be focusing on things more important than drugs, such as society.

    "Straight-edge refers to a philosophy that's most basic tenets promote a drug free lifestyle. It developed as an offshoot of the punk rock/hardcore scenes of the early 1980's when the term itself is believed to have been coined by Ian Mackaye, in the self titled song, while he was the singer of the seminal hardcore band, Minor Threat. Mackaye eschewed the nihilistic tendencies of punk rock, promoting instead the simple (almost simplistic) philosophy of "don't drink/ don't smoke/ don't fuck." " --- From straight-edge.com
    bleed3ron May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMinor Threat is the best band ever. with their basic guitar parts and strong song writing,they revolutionized the whole punk rock scene.
    SoyBomb5969on June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese are the real lyrics to the song, with the part where the lead singer is talking about sXe ...

    Don't smoke
    I Don't drink
    I Don't fuck
    At least I can fucking think

    I can't keep up
    Can't keep up
    Can't keep up
    Out of step with the world

    Don't smoke
    I Don't drink
    I Don't fuck
    At least I can fucking think

    I can't keep up
    Can't keep up
    Can't keep up
    Out of step with the world

    Listen, this is no set of rules
    I'm not tellin' you what to do
    All i'm saying is i'm bringing up
    Three things that, are like, so important to the world
    I don't find much importance in
    because of these things
    whether they're fuckin'
    or whether they're playin' golf
    because of that i feel ....

    I can't keep up
    Can't keep up
    Can't keep up
    Out of step with the world
    AllStarMeon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey rock so f*cking hard! !
    xTaintedxon August 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMinor Threat is fuckin deadly

    i love thir music but i not sXe
    nazipunksfuckoffon September 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty self-explanitory. Three short steps to healthy living and a positive attitude. How many times I've wanted to scream this at someone that asked me to get high with them or for a cigarette. Or everytime someone tells me how drunk they got at a party and had sex with someone, but didn't know too. "YOU DON'T DRINK AND FUCK RANDOM GIRLS, YOU MUST BE A FAG!" I don't know, I guess I'm just a romantic.
    descendent528on April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a good song. Ian Mackaye is one smart mother fucker.
    drewplaysrockon April 09, 2003   Link

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